Saturday, October 17, 2009

Albatross chick stomach contents.

Take a look here: "These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking."

One way to tackle this problem would be to impose a tax on the plastics industry, hypothecated to tackling this problem. The tax could pay for sailing trawlers to go out to the huge concentrations of plastic that form in the oceans, and drag the bloody stuff out. Dewater, and maybe process the plastic on board to make it into something useful, like park benches, rot-resistant vegetable plot boards &c.

All these problems have solutions. All that is needed is the political will to overcome the resistance of mega-corporations to anything that eats into their profits.

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